Saturday, March 29, 2008

Timing Is Everything

Joe Allen won the Guess the Book before I had decided what the prize should be. It worked out better than I'd expected, though. I sent him a hot new book from an up-and-coming author, a print-on-demand self-published work though you'd be hard-pressed to tell that from the picture, because the cover graphics and design are better than a lot of "professional" publications. Mr. Oleg Volk had a lot to do with that, although he had a lot of help from some good graphic artists.

When I sent it, though, I didn't know that it would be one of the last of that edition. Within days of my order, that up-and-coming author had been contacted by a major publishing house (I have a guess, but the name of the house is not public yet) and announced the end of production of the self-published edition.

This is not a review, but if you're thinking about getting Monster Hunter International, I recommend it thusly:
I find horror movies boring, I don't read books about monsters, but I love MHI.

I also note that the current version won't be out of print until next week sometime, and the next version may not be on shelves for quite awhile after that. I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.

But Joe doesn't have to worry about any of that, because he knew me better than I knew myself, which is a lot less creepy if you just don't think about it.


Joe Allen said...

Number of surprise books recieved on Friday: 1
Number of books read by Saturday evening: 1
Amount of overdue work done: 0

Needless to say, I was astonished to find a book that was on my short reading list as the prize for Don's trivia question. In fact, when I discovered the unexpected Amazon box in the mail, the only thing I could remember even thinking about ordering from Amazon was MHI, and I knew I hadn't go around to it yet. So... who's inside whose head then?

I'm a reader, not a critic so I'll just say this about it: I literally couldn't put it down. I had work to do, and I really wanted to spread it out and savor it. But, I ended up tearing into it like a starving puppy with a ten pound rawhide.

He'd best be working on the rest of the series, or he's going to have some mighty restless fans!

Thanks again,

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Kurt '45superman' Hofmann said...

Haven't had much interest in "monster" books since a brief (and somewhat embarrassing, by now) infatuation with Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles in my foolish youth, but your enthusiasm for MHI inspired me to order it.

Being a cheapskate, I was unwilling to pay for a shipping method that would get it here any faster than strapping it onto the back of a starfish (is the top of a starfish the "back"?) and pointing toward Southern Illinois, so I'm not counting on seeing it anytime soon.

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